This tutorial covers the Line Style options on the Format Shape or Format Picture window. Here’s an overview of the other formatting options you can select on that window.

This is where you can control the appearance of the outline on the object you’ve selected. Here are your options:


Type a width, in pixels, or use the arrows to increase or decrease the line width.

Compound Type

Use the selector to choose a style composed of multiple lines, if you like.

Dash Type

Use the selector to choose a dashed line style, if you like.

Cap Type

Use the selector to choose your preference for the line endings. Flat means there is no cap added to the line ending at all. Square and Round each add a cap shape. As an example, here are three lines of identical length, each with a different cap type:

Join Type

Use the selector to choose the style used when two lines connect with each other. As an example, here’s what each join style looks like on the corners of a square shape:

Arrow Settings

If you’d like your line endings to include arrowheads, use these selectors to choose the type and size.